Dearest in Christ and St Augustine, Greetings to you. Christmas comes with joy and excitement, and yet around us are black tales that threaten peace and joy. We have experienced the horrific records of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the carnage over land and water use between farmers and herders, the fear of kidnapping specifically and crime more generally. Devastatingly, is the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought difficult situations to almost everyone. Since the beginning of this year, it continues its threat to becoming one of the most difficult tests faced by humanity in modern history, with its astronomical death rates and the capacity to overwhelm health systems, and trigger lasting geopolitical change.